Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead
Casey overcomes triple-bogey to tie for US Open lead
19 Giugno, 2017, 03:51
He had a chance to match Jonny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par, but he settled for par on the 676-yard 18th.
Matsuyama birdied six of his first eight holes.
Unfortunately for the four-time major victor he looked on course to be doing precisely that on Friday afternoon after struggling to an opening 78, which featured an eagle on the second, four bogeys and double bogeys on the 15th and 17th.
The U.S. Open was only his sixth start this year. And if his hot pink trousers were not enough, he did it in style. He went out of Round 2 with a 30, going six under on the front nine during a bogey-free round.
"I drove the ball well, my irons were good". I was just like, 'All right. He birdied three straight holes to move into second at 6 under, one shot back of co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele.
Newly branded as the "ultimate test in golf", the U.S. Open has always been famed for its toughness and Erin Hills was expected to add to that hard-man reputation.
On Thursday, Trevor Thompson, who was the lone pilot of an advertising blimp not affiliated with the U.S. Open, was hospitalized with serious injuries, including burns, after the blimp deflated, crashed and caught fire late in the morning. Willett, who pulled out before the start of his second round, was heading towards the Erin Hills exit anyway after slumping to an opening round nine-over 81.
Lurking at five under was a pack including young South Korean Kim Si-woo, who recovered from an early bogey by stringing together three straight birdies through the turn on the way to a two-under 70. McIlroy could only take some optimism away from his finish. He got that up-and-down for a bogey and a 68.
Leishman is now sharing 13th place, three shots off the pace. He was 10 under. He won't play again until the British Open.
Even with the course drying out, there simply was not enough wind to frighten anyone on their game.
Miller, who holds onto that 63 like Mercury Morris does the "72 Dolphins flawless record, always has an opinion, which he shared with Golf Channel after Thomas" round. He made an eagle on his final hole at the Sony Open in January to shoot 59, and he went on to break the PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record.
Now consider that the largest 36-hole comeback in U.S. Open history was 11 shots by Lou Graham in 1975. Players noticed firmer greens that were allowing putts to race past the hole.
"It's still golf, you've got to make some putts", said J.B. Holmes, who is one shot off the lead. The Canadian shot a second round two-over 74 but is still in the mix heading into the weekend at two-under par.
But the second-ranked player in the world still has a lot of ground to make up at Erin Hills. "Hopefully I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system and it's just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt".
"But the work is not done".
Stunned by the aberration, Casey's response was to not only batten down the hatches, but to go on the offensive.
"I saw some positives on the back nine to take into next week and, even though this is disappointing, the last two rounds will serve me well in this busy summer".
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